The Official Portraits of the Obamas

The official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama were unveiled yesterday. They have broken from the usual mold by choosing two well respected African-American contemporary painters: Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald.

Read all about it !

For the NYTimes, click the image above.

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/annals-of-appearances/the-shifting-perspective-in-kehinde-wileys-portrait-of-barack-obama

Behold the Official Portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama

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  1. Marissa says:

    I’ve been seeing many comments regarding Michelle Obama’s portrait that have interested me, namely the ones that criticize the portrait for not representing a “proper” likeness. To this, I think we are offered an opportunity to evaluate our own perceptions of how we view Obama, which can of course become confusing when faced with an image that is upon first glance rather ambiguous. One of the formal qualities that struck me immediately when I saw this portrait was the figure’s pose and the color scheme Sherald used in the composition. Obama appears stoic, reserved, and disinterested, however, I feel there is true power in an image of this nature. The cool tones evoke a sense of distance to the viewer, and her pose suggests the same. She seems contemplative, but simultaneously decisive as she gazes directly at the viewer. To me, this portrait feels like a work that offers insight into the personal and public life of a woman who has endured both incredible success as well as incredible scrutiny, and speaks to the critical culture in which she lives.

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